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Canada has one of the most powerful passports in the world

Canada has one of the most powerful passports in the world

Canadians can now travel to more than 180 countries without the need for a visa, according to the latest Henley Passport ranking of the most powerful passports in the world, which finds a growing gap between citizens of different countries when it comes to freedom to travel.

Results from the Henley Passport Index, created 17 years ago, show that the number of destinations accessible without a prior visa has increased significantly in recent years. In 2006, an individual could visit an average of 57 countries without a visa, whereas today the figure is 107.

Canadian passport holders can travel to 185 destinations without a visa. The country is therefore in seventh place on the index, just behind the United States.

However, this increase illustrates a growing disparity between the level of freedom of travel of the countries of the North compared to the countries of the South. Indeed, the citizens of the richest countries can travel without a visa in more than 180 countries in the world while this figure hardly reaches 50 in the poorest countries.

2022 Henley Passport Index

Most Powerful (visa-free score – 192)

  • Japan
  • Singapore

2nd Most Powerful (visa-free score – 190)

  • Germany
  • South Korea

3rd Most Powerful (visa-free score – 189)

  • Finland
  • Italy
  • Luxembourg
  • Spain

4th Most Powerful (visa-free score – 188)

  • Austria
  • Denmark
  • France
  • Netherlands
  • Sweden

5th Most Powerful (visa-free score – 187)

  • Ireland
  • Portugal

6th Most Powerful (visa-free score – 186)

  • Belgium
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

7th Most Powerful (visa-free score – 185)

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Czech Republic
  • Greece
  • Malta

8th Most Powerful (visa-free score – 183)

  • Hungary
  • Poland

9th Most Powerful (visa-free score – 182)

  • Lithuania
  • Slovakia

10th Most Powerful (visa-free score – 181)

  • Estonia
  • Latvia
  • Slovenia

At the bottom of the list are Pakistan (31), Syria (29), Iraq (28), and Afghanistan (26).

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